Understanding struggles for water security in the Ecuadorian Andes

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Water security is essential for the livelihoods of peasant and indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Andes. Nonetheless recent approaches to water security as enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals and the human right to water tend to use the term through a rather narrow approach that focuses almost exclusively on the minimum daily water and sanitation needs of individuals. Herewith they disregard the complex relationship there exists between water, livelihoods and identities in many Andean regions. This paper explores how water security is constituted from a local perspective focusing on the situation of the marginalized and rural poor. It show through which strategies water use collectives struggle to attain and maintain their water security through collective action and diverse organizational and federative alliances at different scalar levels which breach from the local to the national. From this perspective water security is a conception for Andean livelihoods sustenance; which depends on diverse multi-layered collective struggles for resources, rights, and recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventNALACS Conference: Contested Mobility: Peoples, Commodities and Policies across Latin America and the Caribbean, Leiden, the Netherlands -
Duration: 13 Oct 201114 Oct 2011

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ConferenceNALACS Conference: Contested Mobility: Peoples, Commodities and Policies across Latin America and the Caribbean, Leiden, the Netherlands
Period13/10/1114/10/11

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Hoogesteger van Dijk, J. D. (2011). Understanding struggles for water security in the Ecuadorian Andes. Abstract from NALACS Conference: Contested Mobility: Peoples, Commodities and Policies across Latin America and the Caribbean, Leiden, the Netherlands, .